tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC July 3, 2015 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
tonight, america on alert. heavily-armed police deployed across u.s. cities. in times square, officers on guard. in washington, protecting historic monuments on horseback, on foot. in l.a., a call to be on alert for possible terror attacks. fourth of july fears heating up. severe holiday storms. the tornadoes. the deadly road collapse. and the flash flood rescues in the south. dangerous heat in the west. 30 million people at risk tonight. at a popular tourist attraction, the woman killed. the accused gunman -- a felon, wanted by immigration agents. and, "enjoy your ride, cuz we sure will." the sign found inside a baltimore police van tonight, threatening to re-ignite tensions there all over again.
good evening. thank you for joining us. i'm cecelia vega, in for david muir. we begin with america on high alert this fourth of july. police ratcheting up security across the country. officers out in full force. at tourist attractions, checkpoints set up. and in boston the commissioner saying a lone wolf attack is their worst nightmare. here's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, a nation on alert. in washington, d.c. u.s. park police are on horseback at the national mall. >> we are aware of the chatter and we take those into account.
>> reporter: authorities worried about lone wolves. and in boston police are deploysdeploy deploying special teams. >> memories of the boston bombing still fresh, preparations up to a half million people could attend. >> reporter: in chicago, huge events. alex perez is there. >> it will be a busy one. big crowds expected everywhere. the cubs and white sox at home three huge grateful dead converts. >> reporter: and in los angeles, 300,000 people expected at events. >> authorities asking people to be on the lookout. >> reporter: and in new york officers patrolling from the
ground sky and water. obviously, this is a very important area. look what's behind us. so many people will be focused on this area. >> there will be large amounts of crowds so we have increased patrols. we're here for the safety of the citizens on the water. >> reporter: here in new york officials say besides the officers patrolling the streets they will add another 7,000 officers this weekend alone. >> thank you. and to the storms across much of the country. in tennessee, rains left people trying to cross a flooded creek. and rob marciano has the damage and the forecast. >> reporter: tonight, the southeast under the gun again.
heavy rain over already saturated ground causing big problems in tennessee. this road in crossville giving way, causing a car wreck that killed one person. and flash floods just northeast of nashville, bridges washed out. people stranded. this man traversing the rapids with a kind of makeshift rope rescue. this auto repair shop inundated, cars swept away in the torrent. this just hours after rare july tornadoes hit the state. >> whatever was in their path when they did touch down was damaged. >> reporter: in tupelo, mississippi a deluge, the city experiencing its wettest july day on record. more than five inches falling and counting. parts of that state seeing more than nine inches of rain since this morning. >> and rob is here now with the holiday forecast. >> the same areas with the flooding and rain still getting rain tonight. look at the numbers. ten inches in albany and from oklahoma to kentucky almost
five inches. and this is where the flood watches are out. and a lot of rain from new england through to north carolina -- new mexico. and scattered storms across the south. and very very dry still on the west coast. >> rob, thank you. so many people will be outside enjoying the fireworks, but in some places in california, celebrations are cancelled. kendis gibson with the warnings about how dangerous these explosives could be. >> reporter: firefighters on the front lines across eight western states. and tonight the fear of new fires sparked by celebration. >> i'm not really happy about having firework sales right now at this moment. people lost their homes. >> reporter: in the grips of an epic drought, california is seeing its worst fire conditions on record.
which is why so many communities are canceling their public fireworks this 4th. bass lake trading its 75-year tradition for a laser light show. >> i'm excited to see something different. a laser show will be great. >> reporter: fireworks sparking 18,000 fires every year in this country. despite the danger, and many communities canceling their public displays, individuals can still buy fireworks in many california towns. >> holy [ bleep ]. >> reporter: but a reminder of just how explosive they can be. this box van full of fireworks somehow caught fire on a california highway this week, setting off sparks and explosions. experts say there are ways to play it safe if your community allows backyard fireworks this weekend. never set them off near dry grass, always have bucket of water or a hose nearby, and wet used fireworks before disposing of them. the conditions here out west, so bone dry, officials say it's critical that anyone considering buying or using fireworks needs to first check the rules in
their community. cecilia? >> good to remember. kendis thank you. to san francisco now. outrage after a young woman was killed walking on a historic water front. the man who did it a man who should have never been out of jail in the first place. here's aditi roy. >> reporter: a woman killed when out on a stroll in one of san francisco's most popular tourist spots. police identified the gunman as francisco sanchez, a man with a long criminal history. >> there doesn't appear to be any connection between the victim and the suspect. >> reporter: police arresting the shooter after receiving cell
phone pictures of the suspect. and tonight, the family in mourning. >> we loved kate. and we loved kate and i'll love her until the day i die. >> reporter: questions about why the suspected shooter was on the streets in the first place. officials saying the undocumented immigrant has been deported five times. and after his latest arrest for drugs, they asked local law enforcement to turn him over. but instead he was released. they said they had no legal basis to hold him. and they do not turn over illegal immigrants until they have an active warrant. >> thank you. and the police custody death
of freddie gray triggering violent protests this spring. six officers charged. tonight, this sign found inside another van. its message, enjoy your ride because we sure will. jim avila, with the controversy and another investigation. >> reporter: tonight, outrage about what's written behind the door of this baltimore police van. in this photo obtained by abc news, you can clearly read, "enjoy your ride, cuz we sure will!" it was in just such a police transport van that freddy gray died in police custody. and now baltimore police are announcing an internal investigation to find out who put the words there. calling the sign "concerning and unacceptable." >> you deserve some kind of consequence. suspension or some time off without pay. >> reporter: freddie gray's autopsy found he suffered a "high energy" neck and spine injury while in the back of the police van.
some baltimore police have been accused in the past of purposely giving rough rides as a means of torture. christine abbott, an assistant librarian at johns hopkins university, is suing baltimore, claiming cops gave her a maniacal drive while in handcuffs after she was arrested for a noise violation. >> it was horrifying. we were bumping around. it was really scary. and we turn overseas to greece. a country quickly running out of cash. come monday morning, a.t.m.s will run dry unless europe steps in and loans more cash.
residents crushing banks, trying to collect what little cash is left. next to the danger in the ocean. officials pulling this shark from the waters off north carolina thursday. and beaches there are still staying open. phillip mena with the alert going out tonight. >> reporter: in north carolina today, a race to the beach. anna korman, on vacation, shooting the video. >> about 15 of us hightailed down there. >> reporter: a shark, more than six feet long. caught by a fisherman off kill devil hills and eventually released. >> it was the biggest shark that i've ever seen in person. it was quite scary. that has kept me out of the water for the rest of the day. encounter in florida where a fisherman inadvertently hooked a shark and was quickly surrounded. >> there was about ten bull sharks swimming under the boat. it kind of made you feel like in the movie "jaws." >> reporter: his kayak capsized. >> it was close enough to make me pretty scared.
and i swam a lot faster than i ever thought i could have. >> reporter: that close call three miles off shore. but here in north carolina, real concern about swimming near fishing piers where sharks can swarm. today, no restriction on beach fishing here in okracoke, where a man was attacked just days ago in waist deep water. >> i won't go out there that far now since i know there's been shark attacks. >> reporter: still, visitors pouring off the ferry here and onto the beach. to keep swimmers safe, officials have posted these flyers around the beaches here with tips on how to avoid an attack. including, avoid wearing bright colors or shiny jewelry. don't swim after dusk or in the dark. and stay in groups and close to shore. yet, many of the 11 recent attacks here in the carolinas have happened in shallow water. and in broad daylight. cecilia?
>> thank you. and to this plane that wrapped up a grueling five-day flight from japan, fueled only by the sun. next up phoenix and new york. the pilot saying yoga and occasional 20-minute naps helped him cope. well no rest for the u.s. women's soccer team this weekend. taking to the world cup this sunday aiming for the history books. their match with japan will be one to remember. here's jesse palmer. >> reporter: cecilia, coming into the world cup, team usa was ranked second in the world, so you'd expect them to have a lot of confidence after defeating the number one team. but make no mistake, team usa will have quite the challenge in the finals against japan. >> that's it, usa is going to the finals! >> reporter: team usa heading to the world cup final sunday night after shutting out powerhouse germany earlier this week. that goal leading them to the
ultimate rematch. a face-off with rival team, japan. >> japan has done it again! >> reporter: the reigning world cup champs dealt team usa a devastating loss in 2011's world cup final during a penalty kick shootout. japan is ready for battle. after beating the england team in a heartbreaking finish earlier this week, when england kicked the ball into its own goal in the final seconds. >> absolute depression. >> reporter: team usa is back on the field today, practicing for the most important game of their lives. >> we have to do everything possible leave everything on the field. >> reporter: and several of the team members have told us this is the dream match they wanted all along. a shot at redemption after their heartbreaking defeat in 2011 and a chance to bring home the first world cup title in 16 years. cecilia?
>> we believe. thank you. and still much more ahead on "world news tonight." a medical chopper going down in the west. images coming in. a deadly crash near the hospital. the race to rescue the crew. >> i always wondered what happened to you. >> the judge behind the bench, and how they know each other. and the vacation adventure gone wild. the guide fighting off a leopard, the families watching in fear. . isn't it time to let the real you shine through? introducing otezla apremilast. otezla is not an injection or a cream. it's a pill that treats plaque psoriasis differently. some people who took otezla saw 75% clearer skin after 4 months. and otezla's prescribing information has no requirement for routine lab monitoring. don't take otezla if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. otezla may increase the risk of depression.
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>> who would have thought that one swing of the bat, one home run would benefit your wonderful organization? >> reporter: tonight, it's smiles all around because zack hample knows how to play hardball. ron claiborne, abc news new york. >> thank you for watching. i'm cecelia vega in new york. i will see you right back here tomorrow. for david and all of us happy fourth of july. enjoy your evening. [ female announcer ] when you're serious about fighting wrinkles, turn to roc® retinol correxion®. one week fine lines appear to fade. one month deep wrinkles look smoother.
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